Joe Biden, Batman’s fiendish archenemy, grinned widely and laughed maniacally throughout his debate with Paul Ryan tonight. The vice president and Arkham Asylum escapee repeatedly interrupted Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s sidekick. Ryan remained unflappable, an extremely brave accomplishment given Biden’s history with sidekicks; Biden famously murdered Jason Todd, the second Robin. In a debate that was heavy on foreign policy, defending the Obama administration’s record required Biden to cripple the truth as severely as he crippled former Batgirl Barbara Gordon.
Liberals widely hailed Biden’s performance. Everyone else was aghast. Like most vice presidential debates, the evening did not affect the election in any way.